A white customer threatened to call federal immigration officials on workers at a Midtown restaurant because they spoke in Spanish.
The incident which took place on Tuesday was filmed and has gone viral. It shows the customer saying he will call the ICE on staff and declaring the employees were in “my country” before ripping into the manager of the Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York.
“Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” the racist man announces. “Every person I listened to — he spoke it, he spoke it, she’s speaking it.
“This is America. Your staff should be speaking English, OK?”
The fuming customer has been identified as Manhattan lawyer Aaron Schlossberg, 42, a registered Republican whose company bio claims he is fluent in Spanish.
As the video continued, the fuming man informed the manager that he planned to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a possible raid on the restaurant.
“My guess is they’re not documented,” he announces loudly. “So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country. If they have the b*****s to come here and live off my money?
“I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do is speak English.”
According to the staff of Fresh Kitchen, a lunchtime regular was speaking Spanish with a Hispanic employee as they did most days and that’s when the man took offense.
“They were speaking Spanish because they are friends,” the manager said. “He got mad, waiting in line for his food. He stormed out.”
The manager said he was infuriated by the customer’s remarks but refused to respond in a similar fashion.
“He’s a customer, so I had to stay professional and ask him to leave,” the manager said. “That’s what I did.”